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For the discussion of studies on oral traditions, practices of storytelling, narrative studies, as well as sharing local tales, folkloric tales, compilations, etc.

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'Modernizing' Folktales 7 Replies

Sometime ago I became interested in folktales that are intentionally revised/rewritten to achieve particular ideological, stylistic, and humorous effects. What do you think of 'modernizing'…Continue

Started by Achirri Ishmael. Last reply by Abe Pena Jan 10, 2011.

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Comment by Larry Stout on December 10, 2012 at 7:08pm

Just joined, and posted this elsewhere, but it just might belong here!

The Neolithic site Catalhoyuk, in Turkey, as you may know, is of very considerable interest in many regards; here I shall mention in particular the abundance of leopard representations in wall paintings and painted wall moldings, and also the famous "volcano and town" painting, so perceived by the original excavator, James Mellaart.  In the latter painting, the "volcano" is speckled, or spotted, which has inclined some to see it rather as a headless and pawless leopard pelt (Prof. Tristan Carter, a principal investigator, latterly thinks it is in fact -- as Mellaart posited -- a representation of the twin-peaked volcano Hasan Dag, which was active during the Neolithic and is visible from the site).
 
Having since found online reference to extant Turkish folklore that places a mythic "guardian lion" in the swale between the twin peaks, and noting that the Hittite/Neo-Hittite lion god was depicted in the midst of a pyre, and that the Hittite/Neo-Hittite mountain god was depicted astride of a lion, I wonder if some conflation of leopard and volcano existed in the Neolithic cosmology at Catalhoyuk.  Of course, there is a great gap in time between the Neolithic record of the site and the attested Hittite culture (some 34 centuries, perhaps), and, certainly, modern times (~70 centuries).
 
So, my question:  Is it at all conceivable that a myth might be expressed diachronically and transculturally to such great extent (the leopard, in this case, having been transmogrified into a lion)?

 

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